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1. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hiya!Just wondering if anyone can give me the lowdown on this nasty sounding disease?!?!A few people have mentioned it but my doctor didnt bring it up either did the medical guidelines website they used!Just wondering if it is a problem, what it actually is, if theres a vaccine and is it expensive???

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Check this out.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Yikes! Good to know, I havent ever heard of that before.

4. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

I am not sure, but I think it's a more local disease, Asia and Africa mainly, but I could be wrong.

The best thing for vaccines anyway is to go to a specialised Travel Doctor or Clinic, not your normal GP. The specialist have the latest information on disease outbreaks and they know what's recommended for which country.

Hope this helps.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

There is no specific vaccine or medication for dengue fever.

Those infected will be admitted to the hospital and have their platelet count monitored every day. They will be given lots and lots of fluid, orally and via transfusion. The body will have to recover on its own, which it normally does if detected early. Once the platelet count has increased back to normal level, the patient can be discharged.

Another type of dengue, the dengue haemorrhage fever, can be very deadly if the body is unable to recover itself and the platelet level keeps on dropping.

From what I can see from the dengue statistics in Malaysia, one has to be real "lucky" to be bitten by an aedes mosquito which carries the dengue virus. However, it pays to be extra careful if anyone in the neighbourhood has dengue fever.

[ Edit: Corrected info. ]

6. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

It's a tropical disease. Something about the weather here that seems very conducive for mosquito-breeding. I dont know the statistics in Singapore but every now and then, i read in the papers of a residential area in which a significant number of residents came down with the dengue fever. Just recently, a local DJ was bitten and she was in such pain that she almost wanted to unscrew the lightbulbs and smash them into her eyes. Travellers coming here should not take this lightly if they feel feverish.

7. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

hey!Thanks guys for all you great advice, I tell you Travellerspoint is a fountain of Knowledge!You learn something new everyday!Cheers!

8. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

A friend i was travelling with has just spent a week in Hospital with Dengue Fever which she contracted on Koh Phangan. and I've also met people who suffered from Dengue fever in Laos and other parts of Thailand.

There is no vaccination or cure (only rest) the best thing is to take precautions against insect bites. Apparently the mosquitos that carry dengue fever bit during the day - so be careful, i know i am now!

9. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 70 posts) 11y

I was down with dengue fever in February and was flat on the hospital bed for 2 weeks. But I was lucky, it wasn't the peracute fatal strain, otherwise I won't be here sharing.

There are 4 subtypes of dengue virus. There is no cross protection between them, meaning even if I was infected with ie: virus 1, I am not protected from the other 3 and the same goes to vaccination. Hope that answered your question.

Chances of getting it is rather slim. It is more of a geographically related disease, that explains why you did not find any information on it in some of the medical websites. Doctors practicing in your country will most probably considered it as exotic disease and therefore, it was never emphasized in their school days or even working life. It's a big deal from where I'm from and there are a great deal of research done on this infection. If you'll be travelling to Asia, I think you should be more concern of malaria, another zoonotic disease.

Hope that helps!

Hien: They were monitoring the platlet counts, not the RBCs.

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting SpaceCadet

... Hien: They were monitoring the platlet counts, not the RBCs.


Yes, Audrey is right. Platelet is being monitored, NOT red blood cells. Sorry for the wrong info.

Read this pubilcation from WHO (PDF file) for more info. (See: Laboratory Findings, Page 4)

I knew something is being monitored, but I've mistaken which one. I was once suspected to have dengue fever when I was 17 after having fever for three days with no improvement during a dengue "season". My blood was tested for two days and it came out ok. It turned out to be just a viral infection. Apparently, my fever lasted so long because the previous doctor who attended me did not or forgot to prescribe antibiotic! And I lost 4kg in that process! What a way to lose weight!

(Note: Info on my previous post corrected.)